Phantom Official Trailer starring Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif

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    aryan 9 years ago

    Average trailer Katrina’s acting looks very very bad below average.

  2. Ritz 9 years ago

    Good to see Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in mainstream and main role.

    Kartina is irritating. Didnt like the jingoistic patriotism angle.

  3. shan 9 years ago

    Trailer started out well and then degenerated into generic action movie. Also, the jingoism was a put-off. Katrina’s acting looks horrible! Surprising she still hasn’t mastered even the basics of acting after all these years.

    Btw, for a serious and supposedly “intellectual” film, using the tagline “from the makers of Kick” doesn’t really help 😀 Clearly, they are trying to project it as an action movie to attract more audience.

    • sputnik 9 years ago

      Completely agree with you on “Trailer started out well and then degenerated into generic action movie.” and “Katrina’s acting looks horrible! Surprising she still hasn’t mastered even the basics of acting after all these years.”

      The movie seems to have a lot of D-Day and Baby hangover. Some of the dialogues even sounded the same.

      When the trailer started the credits said written by Hussain Zaidi, the writer of Black Friday and I thought it would be something like Black Friday but this looks nothing like that.

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    aryan 9 years ago

    Movie Review by Bollywood Hungama News Network

    Bollywood has witnessed many a ‘novel’ idea of adapting a book into a movie. There have been many testimonies to the same in the form of novel-turned-movies. This week’s release PHANTOM too is an adaptation of journalist-turned-author S.Hussain Zaidi’s best seller ‘Mumbai Avengers’. The film mirrors the prickly issue of cross-border terrorism, which has affected India for decades now. Will PHANTOM prove to be a Box-Office goldmine or will it spell disaster at the ticket windows, let’s analyze.

    PHANTOM starts off with the visuals of the 26/11 Mumbai attack. This is immediately followed by a high octane car chase sequence between Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) and an unknown man in Chicago (US) who bangs his car and tries to drive away. Daniyal finally gets hold of him but accidentally kicks him off the bridge into the river below. This, then, leads to an array of flashback events, which establishes the connection between Daniyal Khan’s past to his present day life. The flashback states that, after being dismissed from the Indian army, Daniyal goes into a hibernation of sorts, living an isolated and secluded life of his own. In the meanwhile, when India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) learns about Pakistan based terrorist group Lashkar’s yet another plan of attacking India, they plan a secret operation, off the books, to take down all the accused and masterminds behind Mumbai attacks. After much research they decided on hiring Daniyal Khan for this job. The RAW officials believe that Khan is like ‘Phantom’, he has no records and is completely off the radar. As a part of the mission, he meets up with the beautiful and talented Nawaz (Katrina Kaif) in UK where she works as a ‘Security Consultant’. The duo however gel well after Daniyal’s first two missions in UK and US. Thereafter this duo’s journey traverses from Beirut, Syria and finally Pakistan. Even though Daniyal Khan’s mission happens to be a ‘top secret’ and ‘highly confidential’ one, the Pakistani officials sniff out his plan before Daniyal Khan reaches his ultimate goal of killing Hariz Saeed (Shahnawaz Pradhan), the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks. Does Daniyal Khan become successful in his life threatening mission, why does Nawaz help him in his mission, are Pakistani authorities able to catch hold of Daniyal Khan, is what the rest of the story is all about.

    With BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN proving to be one of all time blockbusters, it becomes absolutely needless to say that all eyes are on director Kabir Khan and his latest film PHANTOM, with expectations flying sky-high. Kabir Khan, who is not a newcomer to this political genre (KABUL EXPRESS, NEW YORK, EK THA TIGER) has attempted to keep the flag flying high with PHANTOM. In this film, besides being the film’s director and script writer (alongwith Kausar Munir), Kabir also doubles up as screenplay writer (alongwith Parveez Shaikh). Even though the film is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, the film does not have any ‘typical’ Bollywood masala. PHANTOM is not an anti-Pakistan film, but, it is anti terrorism. One cannot but deny the fact that PHANTOM does have a few traces of EK THA TIGER, but it flies high on its own merit. While Kabir Khan becomes extremely successful in establishing the film’s story in the interesting and suspense filled first half, the second half seems slightly stretched. Though the film doesn’t have the typical Bollywood song-dance routine or humour, it runs high on patriotism. It plays on the anger and condemnation that every Indian has over the attacks of 26/11 on Mumbai. The film offers a hypothetical solution to the terror menace and about bringing these terrorists responsible for Mumbai attacks to justice. The film, whose strength is its gripping pace, ends high on emotions and patriotism. PHANTOM, without a doubt, a very well made film by Kabir Khan. The film is very real and international, both, in its look as well as content.

    The film’s protagonist Saif Ali Khan is decent and is convincing in the role of Daniyal Khan. His performance in PHANTOM is bound to surpass his (similar) performance in AGENT VINOD. His performance is very focussed, clinical and precise, as the role demands. Katrina Kaif, on the other hand, offers able support to Saif Ali Khan’s character in the film. This film sees her performing realistic action scenes, unlike her handful of previous ‘action’ films. The other actors like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rajesh Tailang and others offer their able support to the film.

    The film does not have any mainstream songs (Pritam Chakraborty), except for the hummable ‘Afghan Jalebi’. On the other hand, it is the film’s background score (Julius Packiam) that helps immensely in making the film emerge a complete winner. The film’s cinematography (Aseem Mishra) is outstanding. The film’s editing (Aarif Sheikh) is good. The flip side of the film is that its screenplay (Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh) could have been a bit tighter. The action sequences (Peter Pedrero) in the film are very well executed.

    On the whole, PHANTOM is a good action film which runs high on patriotism and will appeal to every Indian worldover. Highly Recommended.

    Rating: 3.5

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    aryan 9 years ago

    Movie Review by Raja Sen

    Saif and Katrina makeStay away from Phantom;it gives audiences a raw deal, cautions Raja Sen. Phantom a joke

    Old jungle saying: cast a film well.

    There is a lot that a film-going audience can forgive in a production — from continuity errors to script flaws, from incoherent cinematography to weak plots.

    But one of the hardest to overlook is when the filmmakers pick the wrong people for the principal parts.

    Truly remarkable lead actors are magic — they salvage a bad film or shoulder a good one, and shine even when the film around them is flimsy — but even merely suitably-chosen actors can, at the very least, make a film appear adequate.

    What, then, does Kabir Khan do?

    Who does he –- a man who has just given Salman Khan the biggest hit of his career in Bajrangi Bhaijaan -– cast in a film about killing terrorists and “vigilante justice”?

    A tough action hero and a girl who knows her way around a minefield?
    Actors who appear gritty and credible when squeezing a trigger, looking like morality is a luxury for those who get to sleep at night?


    He casts a Nawab and a mannequin.

    Phantom could never have been a great film.

    Based on a book called Mumbai Avengers, it was always going to be an unsubtle work of jingoistic finger-pointing, a film that suggests that intelligence agencies securing a nation should blindly rush into eye-for-an-eye territory.

    Yet while it remains a work of immature, even irresponsible wish-fulfillment, that in itself does not keep it from being a passable actioner.

    In fact, we saw something similar earlier this year with Neeraj Pandey’s Baby, which, while not particularly sharp, was slickly watchable — largely because of how Akshay Kumar took a role with negligible depth and created a protagonist worth watching.

    Alas, here we have the Anari to Kumar’s Khiladi.

    Phantom stars Saif Ali Khan in the John Rambo mould, a loner coaxed out of an invisible, ex-Army life to assassinate evil Pakistanis.

    Yes, it’s Saif Ali Khan essentially playing Sunny Deol. This is a patently absurd bit of casting, defeated only by the choice of the doll-faced Katrina Kaif as a former RAW agent.

    Khan, who would much rather charm in a suit, here wears one scowl throughout, while Kaif, who speaks every line of dialogue in the same pre-teen tone, is here made to pick up a machine gun and fire.

    Everyone misses the mark.

    Kaif’s character, the director, and Saif.

    This is less a motion picture and more a vanity vehicle for two stars who want to try roleplaying as GI Joes.

    The result is an exasperatingly childish film.

    When Khan tells Kaif about his deadly classified mission, she rolls her eyes casually, cutely peeved at how he’s always dragging her into things.

    When she speaks of childhood memories of her father taking her to tea (and cake) at the Taj — the hotel ravaged by the 26/11 attacks — his immediate reaction is to smile and declare that he’ll take her there “once all this is over” for tea (and cake), hence making clear his intent to pounce on her daddy issues.

    She isn’t the only one with daddy issues, to be fair.

    Saif’s character, Daniyal Khan, is a disgraced-Army man who keeps phoning his father who keeps hanging up, because that “disgraced” part doesn’t sit well with him — even though there is absolutely no evidence against Daniyal.

    Dad has also presumably burnt up all adult pictures of his son, which is why the only photograph of Daniyal his mother finds is one from his youth: Saif as an effeminate 16-year-old, the kind of guy who’d sing about blue dupattas and yellow suits.


    Just the reminder we need to reinforce the idea of a truly macho Saif.

    Pointed parallels are drawn to the real-life masterminds behind the 26/11 attacks, and an attack on David Headley is genuinely interesting, if a trifle too convenient.

    Kabir Khan mounts his action scenes competently, even impressively — I was rather taken aback by the appearance of a submarine at one point — but, in an effort to mislead the audience into tension, there is too much cross-cutting to try and bring us close to the wire.

    This may be fine in theory, but in practice it means repeated shots of Saif biting his lip, intercut with shots of a paunchy cop running really slowly, and in slow-motion.


    Tragically, pretty much everything in Phantom goes according to plan, making for an inert, unchallenging and boring watch.

    By the time the Titanic-themed climax rolls around, even Katrina’s exhausted by the nonsense; she stops pretending to care and starts shouting “Daniel!” instead of Daniyal.

    According to this film, India’s Research and Analysis Wing is a threadbare office, full of old and dusty files yanked from cabinets by character actors who must wish they were in sensible films instead.

    Over in Pakistan’s ISI, equally fine actors stand around a computer waiting forever for a jpeg to download.

    Shameful, really.

    All this talk of intelligence, but no smarts anywhere in sight.

    Stay away from Phantom. It gives audiences a raw deal.

    Rediff Rating: 1/5

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